Company Directors Course - Residential

Gain a greater understanding of your duties and responsibilities with the essential course for directors. Immediately improve your board performance and decision-making with pragmatic professional development located away from the distractions of daily life.
Right course for you

Is this course right for you?

The course is tailored to experienced directors and executives who learn better when distanced from the demands of every-day life.

Facilitated by nationally sourced, experienced facilitators, the program is held at specially selected venues. This course is for those who seek a highly immersive experience focused on governance at iconic locations so that you can give your professional development your undivided attention.

The Company Directors Course is essential for the professional development of anyone who wants to further their directorship skills and knowledge. Participants include executive and non-executive directors, CEOs and senior executives who report to boards. It is recommended that participants have completed the Foundations of Directorship program or have equivalent professional experience before enrolling.

Course learnings

What will you learn?

In a highly focused and interactive setting, The Residential Company Directors Course will teach participants the roles and duties of board directors.

The course includes modules on effective decision-making, the legal aspects of directorship, financial literacy and strategy, as well as putting the lessons into practice.

Upon completion of this course you will be equipped to:

  • Understand your role and the compliance issues for your board

  • Lead beyond compliance to better understand the governance expectations and ethical considerations for businesses

  • Help build a better board as well as improve and streamline board processes

  • Focus your future strategic discussions with the knowledge and tools you need to monitor your organisation's financial performance and risk management

  • Broaden your view of directorship and provide guidance to improve your personal performance and consequently the performance of your organisation

Course expectations

What can you expect?

Over five days of focused learning with your peers from across Australia, you will develop your director skills by exploring case studies brought to life by video content and participating in interactive workshops on the issues and challenges that directors face.

You will embark on interactive working sessions through relevant case studies brought to life with video to apply and reinforce your knowledge. The interaction during sessions and dinners enables the sharing of valuable insights and practices, and allows you to discuss the application of the tools and resources introduced during the course.

The Company Directors Course comprises specific topics, chosen to enhance your learning. You will explore the role of the board and the practice of directorship, as well as sound decision making. You will have the opportunity to understand the duties and responsibilities of directors and upskill your financial literacy. You will dedicate time to studying how the board examines risk, executes strategy and learn the board's legal environment. Upon completion, you will understand how to drive financial performance and increase board effectiveness. You will also be able to put your learning into practice through a simulated board meeting.

There is approximately 40-60 hours of pre-reading required before the course commences. It is strongly recommend that you also complete the two complimentary e-learning courses (Interpreting Financial Statements and The Director Mindset) before the course takes place.

Complimentary e-learning course

All Company Directors Course participants receive complimentary access to the Interpreting Financial Statements e-learning course. This interactive, online course caters to your specific development needs by allowing you to self-select your level of learning.

Choice of Format

How will you benefit?

The course has been designed to:

  • Apply decision-making skills and implement strategies for your board
  • Identify the fiduciary and compliance responsibilities of directors
  • Improve your knowledge of the governance and ethical expectations of board members
  • Outline what risk is and how to implement risk management techniques
  • Enhance your value and reputation
  • Strengthen your ability to secure directorship opportunities
  • Format and locations

    Our residential courses accommodate a five day/four night stay at a variety of luxurious vacation destinations away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

    Locations include;

    • The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa, Byron Bay, NSW
    • Pullman Resort, , Bunker Bay, WA
    • Yarra Valley Lodge, Yarra Valley, VIC
    • InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort, Gold Coast, QLD


    Fees for each format can be viewed on the individual course pages through the course calendar.

    Please enquire for more information regarding self-paced and in-house formats.

    Assessment award

    Assessment and recognition

    Graduates may attain the Company Director Course award.

    To do so, you will need to successfully complete the optional assessment. On successful completion of the Company Directors Course, financial members may be eligible to use the GAICD graduate post nominal. The assessment needs to be completed if you are planning to use the course to gain advanced standing in an MBA program.

    You will accrue 50 DPD units for completing the course, and an additional 10 DPD units for successfully completing the assessment.

    Find out more about how you will be assessed.

    The Company Directors Course is recognised by 18 Australian universities.

    Why learn with us?

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    The content

    Our programs and courses are designed by expert educators with the input of experienced directors and subject matter experts. The contemporary content is updated annually and includes case studies and real-life examples to ensure relevancy for today's and tomorrow's directors.
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    The facilitators

    With our rigorous selection criteria, we recruit facilitators boasting extensive real-world director experience and the ability to create an interactive and unique learning environment.
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    The participants

    You'll spend time connecting with, learning from, and sharing experiences with, a broad range of high-calibre senior executives and directors who are passionate about improving performance.
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    The recognition

    We offer highly-regarded and established governance and directorship programs. By participating, you are demonstrating your commitment to good governance practice, and have the opportunity to earn post nominals that associate you with Australia's leading organisation for directors and are recognised by the wider director community.

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